I have been working on my Beautiful Garden Coloring Book for almost half a year and I am so excited to share the published version with all of you. It has been such a ride and I’m so thrilled that it is finally here. 50 illustrated pages to relax to, as you can color in flora, fauna and all of the animals that hides within the garden. I am so pleased with the result and I cannot wait to see how it does at Upcomers this weekend! Here it is – my first independent publication: Beautiful Garden
Books are just wonderful. They come from nature and creativity and so they inspire. There is nothing more endearing than falling in love with imagined scenes from a book and bringing them to life with art.
I just love the month of October. I find so much inspiration from all these artist participating in the Inktober project from all over. Social media is booming with beautiful images and it gies you a reason to stop up and practice some personal art. I don’t know how Jake Parker came up with the idea of Inktober, but I am so very grateful that he did. For my eighth inktober drawing this year I wanted to do something a bit more conceptual, so I decided to take the message in a bottle concept, but create a visual story instead of message and this is what I ended up with:
For my seventh inktober drawing I wanted to challenge myself and draw another child. I have somehow managed to avoid drawing people for a few years while working as a freelance illustrator and wanted to use inktober this year to challenge myself in several areas. I normally don’t draw people or use color much, so my goal is to have at least one forth of my inktober drawings include human characters and all be done in color! I feel like I am making good progress thus far 🙂
A recently acquired a fascination with mushrooms. I find them so beautiful in their own unique way. They are so colorful and decorate the forest immensely in the autumn months. They look powerful but they are eminently soft and fragile at the same time and can be destroyed by almost anything. Here is a small illustration of a couple of different mushrooms for my 6th inktober drawing. Only the smallest animals can climb them without ruining them. Here’s a small snail on a big adventure.
Inktober 6. 2016 – A small snail on a big adventure
My fifth inktober drawing combines two of my favorite things after art: nature and reading. This little girl has found the perfect reading corner for a mild autumn day and joined her has a curious redheaded bird. They both enjoy a good book.
Though it is October and the strawberries are long gone out of season, I could not help myself with this little hedge hock for one of my inktober drawings. I have wanted to draw a hedge hock for a while, but haven’t found a purpose for it. So here he is – let’s just say that he is enjoying a very warm and delayed autumn. He doesn’t care that it is October because he has his belly full of sweet berries (:
Inktober 4 2016 – The sweet delight of eating berries
Sometimes we leave things behind. Most often leaving things behind in the wild is not a good thing, but now and then we can become surprised by how well nature adapts and accepts our leave behinds. This little chipmunk has found a lovely little shelter in an old forgotten teacup. We do not condone leaving things behind in nature, but I do find amazement in how often I see nature transforing something old and useless to something beautiful and meaningful. That is what I wanted my third inktober drawing to be about – how nature can make even the old and forgotten beautiful.
For my second inktober drawing I have made a little autumn explorer in his natural habitat. The leaves are changing, the weather is getting cooler, but this little explorer with his hat and cape is still outside taking on the forest with a pair of binoculars and his faithful friends.
I am currently working on an exciting project for a new client in Australia! Unfortunately I can’t share it until it is published in February 2017. In the mean time though, I sometimes have some time to continue working on my own coloring book. Here are some lovebirds in progress for my bird book 🙂